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  • socdeansintern 3:54 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Combining Two Passions at the Smithsonian 

    By Dean’s Intern Grace Goulding at the Smithsonian Office of International Relations

    Grace Goulding This semester, I have had the pleasure of interning at the Smithsonian Office of International Relations. This internship is a perfect combination of my two passions – communications and international studies.

    I start each day on the National Mall, where after taking my daily photo of the Washington Monument, I descend a Hogwarts-like winding staircase down to the basement of the Smithsonian Institution, under the Smithsonian Castle.

    On the job, I support OIR in its day-to-day communications work, including projects such as assisting with general communications strategy, analytics, global Web content updates and social media activities. Working in this office has opened my eyes to the global scope of the Smithsonian Institution, and furthered my passion for international projects and development.

    Some of the highlights of this internship have been eating lunch in the gardens, exploring the depths of the Smithsonian, attending Smithsonian events across a variety of museums and research units, and working in an office with such inspiring globally-minded individuals. I am extremely grateful for this internship opportunity and I’m eager to use the skills and insights that I gained at the Smithsonian in the future!

     
  • socdeansintern 3:38 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Ins and Outs of the Newseum 

    By Dean’s Intern Sunshine Yang at the Newseum

    Sunshine YangThe first thing I learned was that the Newseum was a maze. I quickly had to learn which elevators took you where and how to get back to the editing suite if you forgot to bring your keycard with you, even if you just went to grab another cup of coffee. The second thing I learned was that this beautiful glass building was entirely filled with precious artifacts, and I was among only a few who had access to them.

    I was lucky enough to be given access to one of the closed off rooms deep inside the Newseum with our Sony a7iii and take some b-roll of Samantha Bee’s pantsuit. It was amazing to watch the Collections Department take note of every delicate detail they could find about it… the texture of the material, if there were any stains upon arrival, how many buttons there were on each sleeve -take note, one button was loose.

    To get the camera shots I wanted, I performed a variety of poses one might see in the gym. This included raising my arms above my head and angling my body on my tiptoes to get an upper wide shot, climbing on a ladder and leaning over the pantsuit with my camera tightly screwed to a monopod as everyone worked under me… and doing squats over and over again as I try to capture the best shot of a tilt up to the pantsuit and panning to Kelly, director of Collections at the Newseum, and her intern.

    Aside from playing with camera, lighting and sound equipment on the second and fourth floor, one can find me on the third floor, closed away from the noise of downtown DC and the direct sunlight streaming through Newseum’s glass windows. Away from the distractions of the outside world, I typically find myself in a soundproof editing suite with my eyes darting back and forth between two monitors as I stitch together videos for our “Lighter Side of News” exhibition -which changes every other week- and short sixty second promos for our upcoming exhibition, “Stonewall,” the biggest project my director is currently working on.

    The first Stonewall promo I weaved together was a piece from our interview with Cynthia Nixon. Working with the foundation of a storyline from such a well-known figure was refreshing and the creative process in shifting through our endless library of audio tracks was the most difficult, as there were so many options to choose from. Ironically enough, while this process was challenging, it was also the most fun for me. The best feeling about spending most of my time in our editing suites is being able to see my work posted on the Newseum’s social media and sharing it with my family and friends.

    I’ll keep you all updated with our next few upcoming projects and let’s hope I figure out which elevators I should be taking by then.

     

     
  • socdeansintern 3:30 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    “This is Leanna Faulk reporting live for CBS News” 

    By Dean’s Intern Leanna Faulk at CBS News

    Leanna FaulkI am currently interning with CBS News within the CBSN department. CBSN is the 24-hour digital streaming network for the CBS News Station. Alongside my two supervisors, we handle all of the booking and guest requests for D.C. and New York Bureaus.

    Every morning, it is my responsibility to be up-to-date with all guests coming into the bureau for that day. When guests do arrive, I am their main point of contact from the moment they enter the studio to the second their hit has aired. If I am even one minute behind schedule, it can impact the way a segment is aired across the country. I’ve had to privilege of meeting a number of influential people in D.C. area including Editor-in-Chief of The Hill, Bob Cusack, DC Bureau Chief of VICE News, Shawna Thomas, and even the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.

    I had not really imagined myself working as a political journalist but interning with CBS News has really opened my eyes to the possibility. The producers at CBS are very hands-on but they also give me a lot of space and opportunity to work on projects that interest me.

    Once a week, I assist with the production of Major Garrett’s podcast, “The Takeout.” On my first day, I had the pleasure of meeting 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang. Sundays are my favorite day to be in the studio because I get the chance to help with “Face the Nation.” Seeing all that happens behind-the-scenes of one the longest-running news program on the air is an unimaginable experience for an aspiring journalist.

    My favorite day interning with CBS was when I spent my day working on Capitol Hill the day before the Michael Cohen testimony. It was on the Hill that I learned the ins and outs of working as a producer and on-air reporter for a television news broadcast. I was given the opportunity to stakeout Congressman Matt Gaetz and question him on a series of threatening tweets against Cohen live on-air. The clip of me asking him a question was repurposed on multiple networks including NBC, ABC, and a Local NY station.

    It’s been an overall great experience working with CBS News and CBSN. I’m excited to see what the rest of the semester has to offer me.

     
  • socdeansintern 3:27 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Learning the Inner Workings of NBC Sports 

    By Dean’s Intern Kimberly Cataudella at NBC Sports

    Kimberly CataudellaI am grateful for the real-world newsroom experience I am gaining with my spring internship with NBC Sports Washington. While we have systems in place that organize our daily tasks and give us an idea of what we will be working on when we come into the office, schedules can – of course – quickly change as news happens. My favorite days in the newsroom are the days when I have so many posts to publish, photos to edit and blogs to write that I can barely squeeze in a moment to run to the fridge and bring my lunch to my desk!

    I’ve loved being able to spend some time in the control room to learn the inner-workings of creating NBC’s shows and putting together all of the organization’s television channels. Though the majority of my time is spent in the newsroom, I cherish the times I get experience elsewhere. I’ve had some conversations about podcast production too, which showed me yet another aspect of the organization.

    Overall, my spring internship with NBC Sports Washington is showing me the many sides of digital media, and I am thankful for the knowledge I am getting every day!

     

     
  • socdeansintern 3:23 pm on March 21, 2019 Permalink  

    Honoring Journalists Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice 

    By Dean’s Intern Ariana Duford at the Newseum

    Ariana DufordOn the third floor of the Newseum stands a two-story glass panel. Inscribed are the names of 2,323 journalists that have lost their lives during their pursuit of truth. Every year the Newseum recognizes those reporters lost, usually to unthinkable violence, in the previous year.

    As the exhibit development intern, I have written labels for artifacts including the remnants of the USS Maine. I have written the biographies for this year’s Freedom of Expression Award honorees such as Director Ava DuVernay and Me Too creator Tarana Burke. I have even sat in on meetings with designers for the museum’s upcoming exhibits and watched as these stories come to life. But nothing has moved me more in these few short weeks than working to preserve the legacy of this year’s fallen journalists.

    In my task to ensure the journalists killed in 2018 are celebrated in the manner they deserve, I have spoken to their friends and representatives as well as read the bodies of work that got many of them killed. Reporters are the first line of defense against tyranny. So, their unwavering commitment to their journalistic obligations, left me in awe and I would not have had this humbling experience without my internship with the Newseum.

     
  • socdeansintern 12:11 pm on November 29, 2018 Permalink  

    A Learning Experience Like No Other 

    By Dean’s Intern Emma Galasso at CBS News

    Emma GalassoI’m currently interning at CBS News in the CBSN department. CBSN is the 24-hour news streaming service for CBS News. It’s just me and my two supervisors here in the DC Bureau that make up our team–the rest of our operation is based in New York.

    Day to day, I work to book guests for politics update segments for the 1 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm blocks. I also book their cars, greet them when they get here, and coordinate with producers on topics and questions.

    Now, I’ve known for a long time that I don’t necessarily want my work to be just politics in the journalism field, however learning the process of booking for news commentary has been extremely valuable.

    My favorite part of working at the DC Bureau are the days when our team gets to film “The Takeout with Major Garrett,” a podcast started by the CBS News Chief White House Correspondent that brings change makers into conversation at a local DC restaurant.

    I typically run the camera work for these podcasts, then edit SOTs and log the show when I get back to the bureau. I also help build out the rundown for the show and search for SOTs to use within the show itself. My most memorable shoot? It was my second day at work, and Neil deGrasse Tyson joined us at Tupelo Honey in Arlington.

    I also had the opportunity to work one day out of the Broadcast Center in New York City, CBS’s main hub for all things on the network. In my day to day job, I work with a lot of people out of the NY office, so putting names to faces was very enjoyable. Seeing the sets of CBSN, CBS This Morning, etc. was a rush of fresh energy.

    CBSN has been incredibly exciting and covering national news has been a learning experience like no other.

     
  • socdeansintern 1:36 pm on November 27, 2018 Permalink  

    Navigating the Exciting Landscape of Public Media 

    By Dean’s Intern Karissa Waddick at Current

    Karissa WaddickInterning at Current these last two months has been an amazing experience. When I started this internship, I knew that writing for a trade publication would be different than my previous experiences reporting on stories at AU and in D.C. However, I didn’t realize the diverse array of stories that could be told within the subject of public media. In these short few weeks at Current I interviewed a band, reported on a new documentary, and wrote about the hardships a new community radio station in California is facing. All of the stories revolve around public media but, no two are alike.

    Navigating the landscape of public media has been challenging but, is extremely exciting. Every story requires a great deal of research into industry operations. It is like learning a new beat. With the guidance of my editors, I’ve researched funding, public media grants, and the details of leasing radio tower space. Writing about these intricate issues has reminded me of the importance of diligent, thorough and accurate reporting. I’ve learned to dig deeper and ask the questions public media readers want answered. Along the way, I’ve noticed improvements in my reporting and writing skills and have gained a deep appreciation for community and public media.

     
  • socdeansintern 10:39 am on November 19, 2018 Permalink  

    A Winning Team at NBC4 

    By Dean’s Intern Jaha Knight at NBC4

    Jaha KnightIf you’re looking for an internship that is as close to real job experience as possible, working for the News 4 Local team is it!!! I am constantly amazed by the opportunities I have had as an intern and most the time I don’t even feel like an intern because I’m doing so many hands-on tasks. During my time at NBC I have been out with various reporters to cover the 4,5 and 6:00 news that day, created my own reel of packages and stand -ups and even counted the polls that were shown on live TV during election night!

    At NBC you work closely with professionals like Leon Harris, Pat Collins, Doreen Gentzler and many more news professionals who are there to help you perfect you craft and give you the basic skill sets to make it as a young journalist! I am so blessed to have had this opportunity and I feel more prepared than ever to take on the world of journalism post-graduation!

     
  • socdeansintern 1:07 pm on November 16, 2018 Permalink  

    Observing Life through the Lens of the Documentary at Voice of America 

    By Dean’s Intern Jordan Redd at Voice of America

    Jordan ReddMy experience interning in the documentary unit of Voice of America has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I watched the documentary series, After Parkland— which focuses on the aftermath of the Parkland, FL school shooting– grow and improve over time until it was officially launched (you can watch the series here.) I mainly worked on the research behind the interviewees, gun control, and voter registration statistics. I researched Denver Riggleman– the republican candidate for Virginia’s fifth congressional district, and wrote the questions our executive producer Beth Mendelson asked him in an interview. To hear him answer those questions in the documentary was a strange and

    Jordan Redd

    yet exciting experience.

    Right now, as the documentary series on Parkland has come to a close, the unit is seeking a new story to tell. Working on the team at this stage is providing me with insight into the process of developing a documentary from ground zero.

    Through my internship I had the opportunity to listen to a panel discussion on the production and distribution of documentary films at a women in film conference– Script DC. Although my intended career path is fiction filmmaking, learning about the documentary side of production and distribution from experts in the field was still useful and intriguing.

    Beth Mendelson interacts with my co-intern and I as though we are important and valued members of the team. She asks for and listens to my opinions frequently. This internship has undoubtably furthered my dedication to make my mark in the film industry.

     
  • socdeansintern 12:02 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Hard-hitting Documentaries at Voice of America 

    Kelsey Paul at VOABy Dean’s Intern Kelsey Paul at Voice of America

    I am a senior and have a major in broadcast journalism and a minor in literature with a concentration in cinema studies. I am completing my dean’s internship as a production assistant at Voice of America. This is my second internship at VOA. I interned at VOA once before in the media lab, creating breaking news video pieces. At my current internship, I work alongside the senior executive producer in the central news division to create hard-hitting documentaries. The most recent mini-documentary series I helped with is entitled, “After Parkland.” The three-part series explores the aftermath of a high school shooting in south Florida. The first two pieces focus on the victims’ families after the tragedy. The third piece looks at Virginia’s fifth district and how guns is causing a divide in that district and across America.

    I work to log video, transcribe interviews, conduct investigative research and help along with the post-production process. I enjoy finding a good story, conducting the right amount of research and making it presentable for VOA viewers. I have gained invaluable experience working beside professional reporters, editors and video producers. I have had the opportunity to go out on shoots and interview people. I also have learned a great deal about the editing process by shadowing a professional editor, sitting in on managerial meetings and adding my own thoughts to make changes on a story. I am looking forward to one day working full-time at VOA or at another broadcast news organization.

     
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